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suthern
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0 posted 08-18-99 10:35 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for suthern

Twenty-eight anniversaries he's spent by himself.
Each year, he pulls photos down from the shelf
And for a few hours and with quite a few tears
He lets memories take him back through the years.

They met during the war. It was love at first sight -
For him at least; She had a date that night.
When she said she had plans, he only smiled
And said "Tell him goodbye. I'll wait for a while."

Days later, they married - he was shipping out.
But she didn't whine and sulk and pout
Even when their first child entered the world.
She simply cabled "It wasn't a girl."

He'd wanted a daughter, but took pride in his boy.
His small family back home was his greatest joy
And helped him through his terror and fear
Until he returned to all he held dear.

They never had money; their first home was a barn,
But poverty wasn't seen as cause for alarm.
They made the farm work, drew their drink from a well,
Washed clothes in a tub, sold peas that they'd shelled.

Laughter and love were the life that they knew
So they took hand-me-downs and made clothes like new,
Raised God-fearing children, were beloved by their friends,
Felt fortunate though they lacked money to spend.

They worked hard every day regardless of weather
And thought of the years when they'd grow old together.
But the dreams that they shared were not to be
The prognosis was bad - six months, maybe three.

Their love grew stronger as her body grew weak.
Then one night his eyes said what his mouth couldn't speak.
And the tears wet his cheeks as he buried his wife
And wondered how he'd live the rest of his life

Without his mate always at his side.
For he loved her more than when she'd been his bride.
Her sisters stopped visiting, said they couldn't bear
Thinking of her in the home she had shared.

His gentle reply filled them with guilt
"To me, she's still here in this house that we built
And I like that, for it's still a home -
When I think of her smile, I'm not so alone."

When the pictures are finished, he'll slide them back in their place,
Put his cap on his head, brush the tears from his face,
Walk to his truck and drive to the cemetery
As he's done twenty-eight years on their anniversary.
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Toerag
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1 posted 08-18-99 11:04 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Incredibly good kiddo....
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2 posted 08-18-99 11:26 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

A wonderful capture of life's true events. Well done.

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Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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3 posted 08-18-99 11:31 AM       View Profile for pen of passion   Email pen of passion   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for pen of passion

You made me cry.
suthern
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4 posted 08-18-99 11:34 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Thank you all, very much!!
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5 posted 08-18-99 02:59 PM       View Profile for Blondie   Email Blondie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Blondie

beautiful poem suthern...never cease to amaze me with these wonderful stories.
Sue
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6 posted 08-18-99 03:05 PM       View Profile for Sue   Email Sue   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sue

Sad, and very, very beautiful.
suthern
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7 posted 08-18-99 03:07 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Thank you... I wrote it on my parents' anniversary... knowing where my dad would be and what he'd be doing. *S*
Toerag
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8 posted 08-18-99 03:08 PM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Yanno?....I don't know whether Suthern's overdosing on Immodium, Pepto, or Cheddar cheese...but she sure seems to have her "chit" together lately....don't yall think?
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Suthern

Your folks were lucky to have you and to write that story for them..:-)) Thank heavens you have those memories..:-))

HUSG

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You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.


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10 posted 08-18-99 03:56 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Toerag: I learned from the master, sweets! *G* And I don't think it's possible to overdose on Toerag! LOL

RG: Thank you!
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But the hangover's a mother sweets!!!
suthern
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12 posted 08-18-99 04:25 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

But it'd be worth it, sweets... well worth it! *G*
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Truly beautiful, Suthern. It touches the heart.
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14 posted 08-18-99 04:38 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Thank you, 'Deer... In a family that had nothing in the way of material possessions... we had so much. *S*
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This don't quite cut it, but it was absolutely beautiful!!!! Most excellent poem! Very touching and heartfelt! I am held in awe by people like you, who don't have much as far as material things go and still You have such gratitude, and thankfulness of life. Your an inspiration! God bless ya suthern!!!!!!!
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16 posted 08-18-99 04:50 PM       View Profile for Lucie   Email Lucie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lucie

Got chills.. and tears.. and shudders.. and oh.. oh. .. I think I'm gonna cry again.. wonderful.. bravo!!!!!
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17 posted 08-18-99 06:19 PM       View Profile for elvira   Email elvira   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for elvira

thank you for the goosebumps, suthern, a sad poem can be so good for the soul
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Very nice.
 
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